Israel and the New Left

By Robert J. Saks

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1968

The New Left, which started in the 1960s and is not an intellectual heir of the Left of the '30s and '40s, is primarily concerned with racism in the United States and America's role in Vietnam. Its perspective on Israel should not be confused with that of other groups, such as the Marxists, for members of the New Left are generally in favor of Israel (when moved to express any opinion at all). The New Left is largely Jewish and is profoundly impacted by the legacy of the Holocaust, claiming that Jews should be leaders in the fight against American policies that resemble those of Nazi Germany. Ultimately, a better understanding of the New Left by the American Jewish community will allow the groups to communicate and cooperate in the future.

Topic: Political Behavior, Social Justice, Public Policy, Politics, US-Israel Relations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 2

Page Number(s): 139-146

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Saks, Robert J. Israel and the New Left. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1968: 139-146.


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